Matthias Schwab narrowly missed his first victory on the European Tour at the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya. The 24-year-old, who dominated three rounds, slipped the winner's check over $ 2 million with the clubhouse in sight on Sunday. Schwab had to beat the Englishman Tyrell Hatton after a heartbeat finish in the jump-off.
A play-off with six players had it on the European Tour last 2003 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship (winner Lee Westwood) given. After an exciting process, only Hatton and Schwab remained in Turkey. The tournament was finally decided under floodlights on the fourth extra hole and after a bogey of the Styrian, who had pervaded the hole by a few centimeters, while Hatton played with five strokes Par, thus fixing his fourth victory on the European Tour.
Next waiting for first success
Schwab, who in his only second full season has been close to a tournament victory several times, would have been the only fourth Austrian with a title on the European tour. Tournament successes have so far Bernd Wiesberger (7 titles), Markus Brier (2) and Martin Wiegele (1) succeeded. Schwab shone this season as second in the European Open in Hamburg in September (one stroke back) and third in the International Open in Munich in June (two shots behind top duo). In Shanghai (WGC series), he finished fourth last week.
Wiesberger, on the other hand, was unable to improve significantly in Turkey on the final day. The Burgenlander played as on Saturday a round of 70 and finished the tournament with a total of five under par in 49th place. In the "Race to Dubai" Wiesberger is still in the lead, Schwab is on the 18th place.